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Rick Stein Brings Cornwall to The Goring

Cornwall; famous for its clotted cream (jam first, cream second), rugged coast and Cornish pasties – it’s a far cry from the polluted skyline of London. If you are feeling the itch to grab your sunglasses and escape to the beach then hold off for a little. Godfather of Cornish cooking and all round seafood maestro, Rick Stein, is teaming up with his son Jack to bring a taste of the Cornish seaside to luxury hotel, The Goring this summer. Collaborating with The Goring’s Michelin-starred chef Shay Cooper, the Stein’s will produce a seafood-inspired menu titled ‘A Taste of Cornwall’, using the freshest […]

Jason Atherton Social Sunday
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Top Chefs Collaborate for Jason Atherton’s Social Sunday

A bespoke menu, Michelin-starred restaurateurs and collaborations with the UK’s most exciting chefs, yes, you’ve guessed it – it’s Social Sunday. And it’s back for the third year. Here’s how it works, in each of the nine London-based restaurants in Jason and Irha Atherton’s The Social Company, top chefs will join up to create a tailored lunch menu for the day, all in aid of Hospitality Action. For example, Chef Patron of Little Social, Cary Docherty, will be teaming up with the Executive Chef from The Typing Room, Lee Wescott. Or head to The Social Eating House, where the Michelin […]

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Salt + Pickle Opens in Crystal Palace

You know who was good at preserving things? The Ancient Egyptians – they had that sussed. They’ve not been around for the last few thousand years though…they’re also not opening a deli/bistro. Tell you who is though, Manish Upton-Mishra, the man behind Crystal Palace’s Good Taste Deli which specialises in the finest things in life (cheese, charcuterie, beer and wine) and Ian Haigh, the acclaimed designer (Central Design Studio). Everything will be salted, pickled or cured and it’s aptly named Salt + Pickle. Opening on Westow Hill in Crystal Palace, Salt + Pickle will specialise in preservation techniques, focusing on ingredients […]

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Al Fresco Pop-Up in the Heart of the City

Think of your ideal night. For us, it would merge all the best bits of a dinner party (great friends), restaurant (great food) and summer get together (al fresco) – surely that’s not too much to ask? Three friends from Newcastle University quit the London rat race and decided that this kind of convivial dining should become a reality. The result? Nest: a series of pop-ups focusing on seasonal British small plates, an easy-going atmosphere and great company. The name Nest actually comes from the saying ‘Nest mid fréondspéde’, meaning food with friends. The trio have popped-up right in the […]

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A-Listers’ Favourite NYC Hotel Opens in Shoreditch

2017, it’s the year of the hotel. Our city is already marked out and defined by iconic hotels, but now the new kids on the block are arriving en masse. Already this year we’ve had the second London Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square, Henrietta, The Ned and we’re awaiting the arrival of Nobu Shoreditch.  Stiff competition then for Michael Achenbaum, the New York hotelier, who this week will be opening The Curtain, his first European hotel. He doesn’t seem fazed though, he’s already got the backing of his celebrity fans, who all stay at Hotel Gansevoort, which he opened […]

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Great British Restaurant Opens in St James’s

There was a time that British food was looked down on, we were the ridicule of the food scene with our pies and Toads in the Hole, we were known for overly tough meat, limp vegetables and not having much imagination. We all know this is no longer the case, British food has definitely gone through a renaissance and toady is the next step as GBR aka Great British Restaurant opens today. Created by Executive Head Chef Nigel Mendham, the menu starts with a breakfast. Dishes include the GBR full English; GBR baked beans with toasted rye and a fried […]

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Skylight: East London’s New Rooftop Bar

We’re big fans of recycling and upcycling, especially when it involves turning old carparks into new rooftop bars. No need to build a new bar when you already have the space in the heart of East London – this isn’t just some idea that we’re suggesting, this is actually happening as Skylight opens next Thursday at Tobacco Dock. The theme for this up and coming bar will be centred on the idea of a quintessentially British garden party with an urban twist. Edgy. With space for 600 Londoners over three levels, this new hotspot is fitted with numerous bars, croquet […]

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World Famous Australian Bar Heads to London

When one bespoke bar meets up with another renowned bar, thirsty punters, spirit enthusiasts and cocktails connoisseurs would consider it a match made in heaven. As part of their wildly popular Club Residencies Project, The Bloomsbury Club Bar is set to play host to our long distance cousins The Baxter Inn from Australia in an exclusive four day event. Starting up back in November, the ‘Club Residencies Project’ has welcomed award winning bars from across the world including ‘The Clumsies’ from Athens and ‘BlackTail’ from New York City to showcase their mixology skills at arguably one of London’s most fashionable […]

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Dinings Open Second Site in Knightsbridge

Sometimes you just want it all. You want gin but you also want wine. You want to eat out but can’t be bothered to leave the sofa. You want Japanese but you also want tapas. Dinings have mastered this and, far from being tacky or ‘fusion’, per-se, what they do so well is sushi and tapas. Japanese tapas. Ever since it opened in Marylebone back in 2006, Dinings has tried to redefine what we think of when we think of Japanese dining. The contemporary feel will remain when it opens in a Knightsbridge mews on the former site of Italian […]

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The Ivy City Garden Opens

The Ivy Collection is set to grow again next month as they reach over to the city and open The Ivy City Garden at Dashwood House, in the historic Bishopsgate Gardens. On the menu will be a collection of favourites from The Ivy Collection, such as the shepherd’s pie, brioche crumbed chicken Milanese with fried hen’s eggs and black truffle, and the legendary chocolate bombe with hot salted caramel sauce. A new, exclusive dish will be the truffle beef Wellington sharing platter for four served with foie gras sauce, dauphinoise potatoes and green salad and at the weekend you can […]

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Shoreditch’s Summer Beach Pop-Up

Forget the French Riviera, this summer, it’s all about Shoreditch and the Last Days of Shoreditch Riviera, a new summer pop-up that is running every Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout the summer. First up, it’ll have its own urban beach with palm trees and decking – there won’t be any swimming though, unless you want to take a dip in the Thames… Secondly, there’ll be an escape room experience, Handmade Mysteries presents Plumbottom’s Magnificent Return, a frantic 5-minute pop-up that challenges teams of 2-3 to aid the ghost of Plumbottom with a fun, immersive experience. Obviously, everyone loves a bit […]

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The Return of The Clifton

Once the haunt of King Edward VII and his mistress, Lillie Langtry, The Clifton in St John’s Wood is reopening next week after its unexpected closure in 2013. We can’t report that there’ll be any royals necessarily, but we can tell you that it sounds like it’s going to be cracking. Back in 2007, brothers Ben and Ed Robson started running the first pub they ever drank in, The Horseshoe in Hampstead, nonchalant, this was followed by their successful Prosecco and schnitzel bar, Boopshi’s in Fitzrovia and now, they are going to be giving The Clifton a new lease of […]

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